10 Medical Breakthroughs

A small wand instantly detects straggling cancer cells during surgery. A person with a chronic disease, living far from a hospital, sends his avatar to the doctor’s office. The general public becomes trained in providing first aid for those with mental health problems.  Pioneering Milwaukeeans are working on making these – and other – breakthroughs a reality. For their enterprising work, they are prepared to be hated (for creating a co-sleeping device for babies), ignored (for improving the city’s public health) or loved (for keeping older heart patients alive with a new treatment).   What will be their legacy? Only…

Summer Health Bargains

 This article originally appeared in the June 2011 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. by Caroline Goyette Most of us think of hospitals as the place to go when our health has gone awry. But local hospitals and health care systems offer far more than care for our illnesses; they can also help us maintain (or even improve) our health. Case in point: the bevy of low- and no-cost classes available throughout the summer in Milwaukee. Whether you’re interested in losing weight, learning how to better manage an existing health problem, becoming certified in CPR or preparing for a new baby (or grandbaby),…

Best Holistic Healers

This story appears in the February 2011 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. By Carolyn Kott Washburne, photos by Adam Ryan Morris. When Dale Buegel started his practice back in the late ’70s, Milwaukee was a wasteland when it came to complementary medicine. “There was Outpost Natural Foods, one nutritionist and me,” he says. “This has changed dramatically.” Formerly a psychiatrist, in 2002 he discontinued his medical license to focus solely on providing wellness consultations and training yoga teachers in Glendale. “The Western medical system is fantastic about fixing acute problems and taking symptoms away,” says Buegel. “But it’s frankly terrible about…

Medical Marvels

From the time she was a teenager, Brenda Sawall’s menstrual periods were an ordeal of painful cramps, heavy bleeding and migraine headaches. Her monthly experiences only got worse as she got older. By the time she was in her 30s, Sawall’s life was “unbearable” for two weeks every month.Sawall thought about a full hysterectomy after her children were born, but decided against it when she realized the traditional abdominal surgery would have required a six- to 10-week leave from her full-time management position – too long to be away from work.“I just resigned myself to the idea that I would…

Healthy Summer

The days are longer, the weather’s finally nice, and although school may be out for summer, it’s the perfect time to learn something new. Milwaukee-area hospitals and health care systems help you make the most of the summer months by offering a broad range of classes, most at low or no cost. Whether you’re an expectant parent or grandparent, a teen looking to bolster her babysitting skills, a patient seeking support for a diagnosis, or a weekend warrior hungry for a new exercise routine, there’s a class for you. Take advantage of these offerings and boost your health in the…

The Economy Plan

Regular visits to the doctor, prescription drugs and surgical treatments are staples of modern medical care. But up to 50 percent of Americans are now looking beyond traditional Western medicine to take control of their health, using everything from aromatherapy to meditation for mind-body wellness and to help ward off or treat illnesses.Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) includes chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, yoga, tai chi, meditation, nutrition, music and art therapy, exercise, hypnosis, biofeedback, herbs, energy healing (e.g., Reiki) and spiritual care. Vitamins and even laughter may be considered complementary medicine.And the good news is insurance companies are starting…

What’s Up Doc?

You’re sitting on a sterile examining table that’s sheathed in white paper. Naked under a minimal gown of the same scratchy paper, you sit uneasily awaiting the click of the door signaling the arrival of your physician. Silence envelops the room as the minutes tick slowly by. Anxiety builds. Every fiber of your being wants to be off that table, fully clothed and outta there. Let’s face it: A visit to the doctor is not exactly atop anyone’s list of favorite activities.“Most people do not want to go to the doctor,” agrees Dr. Matt Richlen, a family practitioner with Wheaton…